Professor of Management and Head of SMO Department

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Nov 2022

School: International Business School Suzhou (IBSS)

Department: Department of Strategic Management and Organisations (SMO)

Position Title: Professor of Management and Head of SMO Department

Starting Date: 1st September 2022

Location: Suzhou Campus

Salary: The salary package is competitive and includes an administrative stipend for the position of Head of Department

Position Closing Date: 30th November 2022 (early submission of applications is encouraged)

University Overview

Located in Suzhou, China, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a young, dynamic and EMI university founded in 2006, and is a unique collaborative institution and first joint-venture university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees for more than 100 programmes. XJTLU also aims to become truly research-led and has committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of master’s and PhD student numbers on campus. The university has over 18,000 students and nearly 1000 academic staff representing in excess of 90 nationalities. For detailed information about the university, please visit 

Department Description

International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is growing in size and influence in pursuit of its vision to be a leading international business school. The school is based on strong principles of internationalism, innovation, inspiration and integrity, which together ensure that we have a positive impact on society through our teaching, research and business engagement. In that pursuit, IBSS became the youngest business school to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 2016, and again, the youngest School to receive EQUIS accreditation in 2018.

The five departments of IBSS are the newly split Accounting and Finance, Economics, Intelligent Operations and Marketing, and Strategic Management and Organizations with over 150 faculty members and more than 5,000 students from over 60 different countries. IBSS delivers a range of undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA, PhD and Executive Education programmes across a range of business disciplines.

The Department of SMO, which encompasses the fields of HRM, International Business, Strategy, and Leadership, is set to become an independent academic unit with the beginning of the 2020/21 academic year, as a result of splitting the original Department of Management. At present, the SMO department has a strong team of 35 academic staff and 9 PhD students, publishing in top journals, such as Management International Review, Journal of Business Research, and R&D Management. Members of the department teach a large number of undergraduate students in business administration, international business with a language, and human resource management programmes as well as postgraduate students enrolled in the MSc Management or the IMBA.

Roles & Responsibilities:

Supporting its rapid expansion, IBSS now seeks to appoint a Head for the Strategic Management and Organizations Department to join the business school's leadership team. This is an exciting opportunity for a senior academic and established researcher to become part of a young, fast-growing, and internationally recognized institution situated in the heart of one of China’s most innovative and entrepreneurial economic areas.

IBSS offers a truly research-conducive environment, a low teaching load, and a range of research support opportunities. Research activities include the publication of research articles, the development of external grant applications, and the presentation of scholarly work at international conferences. Research performance in the School is benchmarked on internationally recognized lists of journal quality such as the Academic Journal Guide (UK) – a.k.a. the ABS list – and the ABDC list (AUS). The target levels on those lists are ABS3/ABDC-A or above.

Areas of responsibilities:

  • Strategic leadership and management;
  • Academic leadership;
  • Managing people and resources.
  • The Head of Department is responsible for the strategic planning of the department, and is to provide leadership, academic direction and oversight to the department. He/she will oversee the quality assurance process of teaching and assessment, provide faculty development guidance and assess performance criteria as well as direct the department’s external engagement. The Head of Department also assumes budgetary responsibilities.

    Personal Attributes

    The successful applicant is expected to have developed:

    • A motivational leadership style,
    • A solid wide range of managerial skills, and
    • Good interpersonal and communication skills.

    Essential Qualifications/Experience

    The successful applicant is expected to have:

    • A PhD degree in Strategy, International Business, Humane Resource Management, Innovation, CSR or a related field, 
    • Administrative experience, e.g., as Programme Director, Department Head, or Associate Dean,
    • At least ten years of teaching/research experience in higher education,
    • A significant record of academic publications in excellent international journals,
    • Supervised PhD students to completion,
    • A successful record of research funding acquisition, and hold the rank of Professor.

    Desirable Qualifications/Experience

    The successful applicant should preferably possess the following attributes:

    • Curriculum design and new programme development experience,
    • Teaching and/or research interest in Strategy, International Business, Humane Resource Management, Innovation, CSR etc.
    • Engagement with professional community,
    • Experience as a leader/manager of an academic unit.

    Compensation Package

    Members of Academic Staff receive generous subsidies for accommodation, travel, children’s education, and medical insurance. A relocation allowance is provided. Non-Chinese passport holders may qualify for multi-year income tax “holidays”, depending on nationality and tax residency.

    Citizenship and Visa Regulations

    Employment at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is regulated by Chinese Labour Laws, and must comply with the regulations of the provincial government. These regulations stipulate who is eligible for legal employment with regard to obtaining work permits and visas. Please be advised candidates over 60 may be not eligible for a work visa in the P.R. China.

    To Apply

    Please submit your application online through .

    Applications must be submitted in a single pdf file that includes 3 parts in the order of:

    • A cover letter
    • A current CV, including date of birth, country of citizenship, and highest degree level
    • Contact Details for Three References 

    Informal enquiries may be addressed to the HRBP at and Head of IOM department at Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry.

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